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Elwood Ullman (original screenplay) and
Edward Bernds (original screenplay)
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6 December 1953 (USA) See more »
After being punched in the nose, Sach finds out that he has the ability to read minds. Slip and the gang start up a detective agency try to cash in on Sach's new powers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Leo Gorcey ... Terrence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones
Bernard Gorcey ... Louie Dumbrowsky
Robert Osterloh ... Prof. Damon
Joyce Holden ... Myra Hagen
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Soapy the Safecracker (as William Phillips)
Rudy Lee ... Herbie
William Forrest ... John Graham

Chick Chandler ... Eddie the Detective
David Gorcey ... Chuck (as David Condon)
Benny Bartlett ... Butch (as Bennie Bartlett)
Lou Lubin ... Oskar
Tim Ryan ... Andy the Cop
Peter Mamakos ... Chico
Edith Leslie ... Aggie the Nurse
Myron Healey ... Carl, Rose Hill Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gil Perkins ... Al (uncredited)
Carl Saxe ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Emil Sitka ... Patient in Wheelchair (uncredited)
Steve Stevens ... Little boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Bernds 
Writing credits
Elwood Ullman (original screenplay) and
Edward Bernds (original screenplay)

Produced by
Ben Schwalb .... producer
Original Music by
Marlin Skiles (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Carl E. Guthrie (photographed by) (as Carl Guthrie)
Film Editing by
John C. Fuller 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Set Decoration by
Clarence Steensen  (as Clarence Steenson)
Makeup Department
Norman Pringle .... makeup artist
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Austen Jewell .... assistant director
Sound Department
Charles Cooper .... sound recordist
George DeNormand .... stunt double (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunt double (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
S. Kring .... wardrobe (as Smoke Kring)
Editorial Department
Lester A. Sansom .... supervising editor
Music Department
Marlin Skiles .... musical director
Other crew
Ted Schilz .... set continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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64 min
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The thirty-second of forty-eight Bowery Boys movies.See more »
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Bowery Boys #32, 1 December 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Private Eyes (1953)

** (out of 4)

The Bowery Boys Club is doing just fine in back of Louie's parlor but after Sach (Huntz Hall) is punched in the nose he grows the ability to read people's minds. Sach (Leo Gorcey) gets the bright idea to buy a detective agency and sure enough a beautiful blonde comes in asking for help and the boys soon find themselves battling crooks. If you've hung around the series long enough to reach this thirty-second film then you're not going to see anything you haven't already but the film moves along well enough for the fans. I think the first twenty-minutes are the best as the stuff dealing with the boys club will certainly have you flashing back to the East Side Kids days and the stuff with Sach getting beat up was rather funny. The early stuff dealing with Sach reading everyones mind actually had some well-written lines but once the entire subplot dealing with the crooks kicks in we get one tired joke after another. It's a real shame that everything was pretty straight-forward because there's enough material that they could have done to make this much better. Very briefly does Sach do his Sherlock Holmes impersonation so why they didn't keep this going is beyond me. They set up all sort of noir elements but do nothing with them. Instead we get the same boring joke over and over and the final slapstick dash through the health resort just falls on its face as we get the same gag over and over with the main one being men falling into a hot tub. Both Hall and Gorcey seem to be up for the events as both deliver fine performances with energy. Bernard Gorcey doesn't get much to do this time, although he at least gets a pie in the face. The rest of the cast are just so-so. PRIVATE EYES isn't a good film by any stretch of the imagination but it's certainly better than you'd expect from the thirty-second film in a series.

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